Lexington-Fayette to Augment Water Quality Management with Accela Software
Accela solutions will boost asset tracking and maintenance, help with environmental reporting requirements
LEXINGTON, Ky., April 21, 2010 – Accela, Inc. announced today that the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) in Kentucky has selected Accela Automation® Web-based software to improve the city’s water-quality management and to facilitate compliance with U.S. environmental regulations. LFUCG’s Division of Water Quality will leverage Accela solutions to manage all activity relating to the inventory, inspection, repair and maintenance of sanitary and storm-water sewer systems, and to consolidate information that currently tracks more than 16,500 records annually across 22 databases.
LFUCG, which serves a population of over 250,000 in the urban service area, will utilize the Accela Asset Management™ module of Accela Automation as a single point of access for data sharing and workflow, enabling more efficient monitoring and reporting in compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Clean Water Act requirements. When deployed in early 2011, the new system will automate major aspects of the Division of Water Quality’s operations, allowing the Division to more effectively:
- review, approve and track construction projects;
- receive, investigate and prioritize requests for service;
- generate and assign work orders and reports, and automate work scheduling;
- build an easily accessible asset library and maintenance history;
- regulate discharge of materials into water assets in order to prevent storm water pollution.
Accela’s advanced GIS mapping and mobile capability were important factors in the selection process. The GIS™ and Accela Mobile Office™ solutions will help field-based inspection and maintenance teams more easily and consistently track the location and status of sanitary sewer and storm water data, further boosting preventative maintenance of critical water-quality assets.
“A well maintained municipal water infrastructure is critical to environmental quality and public health,” noted Accela CEO and President, Maury Blackman, “but many communities today are struggling to maintain their aging water systems while coping with budget constraints and greater public use. Technology that streamlines the management of water-related assets is a vital component in any city’s strategic infrastructure planning. Lexington-Fayette’s innovative thinking sets a great example for all communities.”
“Our team is dedicated to delivering excellent customer service and enhancing Lexington-Fayette’s environment,” said Charlie Martin, Director of LFUCG’s Division of Water Quality. “Improving operations and giving our staff the tools to keep ahead of asset maintenance requirements are central to those objectives.”
The Technologies Behind the Assets
Accela Automation addresses many of the issues that are critical to governments today: transparency, budget and staff efficiency, shared services, and citizen access. Operating from a centralized database, Accela Automation allows users to share information across departments and to easily configure application types, business processes, fees, and reports to match their specific practices.
The Accela Asset Management module that will be used by LFUCG offers public works agencies advanced functionality for tracking work order costing, parts inventory, preventative maintenance schedules, and work orders and inspections. Meanwhile, Accela Mobile Office will provide maintenance teams with access to the same data and a similar user experience as back-office staff – including maps, current work assignments, and historical information. This augments efficiency by allowing field staff to maximize their work schedules and to perform key functions and reporting at the asset site, rather than spending long hours in the office on data entry.
Lexington (officially Lexington-Fayette Urban County) is the second-largest city in Kentucky and is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region. Gateway to the state’s world-renowned equine and bourbon industries, the city/county anchors a metropolitan area of more than 450,000 people and is home to numerous corporate headquarters and universities. Lexington recently hosted the Creative Cities Summit, a gathering of planners, business leaders and cultural advocates who are exploring new approaches to improving communities around the world. Lexington also was selected as the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to be held Sept. 25 – Oct. 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Games, being held for the first time in North America, represent the largest equestrian sporting event ever held in the United States, and will include 800 athletes and 900 horses representing more than 60 countries. Additional information on Lexington-Fayette is available at www.lexingtonky.gov.